Monday, August 24, 2015
I'm back once more with a quick listing of books that arrived at my house this past week -- as always, I haven't read them at this point, and don't promise that anything I write here about them is perfectly true. (I try to be accurate, but a book is not always exactly what it seems.) This time, I've got two: both hardcovers coming from Tor (in the USA, where I am) in early September.
Dragon Heart is a new secondary world fantasy novel from Cecelia Holland, who was long best-known in genre circles for her 1970s SF novel Floating Worlds, but has been writing historical fiction that sometimes shades into fantasy for five decades now. This one has a dragon on the cover and in the title; it doesn't shade so much as dive boldly in. There's a small kingdom being subsumed by an expanding empire, a mute princess, her strong-willed mother the Queen, and, of course, that dragon, who will upend everyone's plans.
The Sleeping King, which is set in the world of the Dragon Quest live-action role-playing game and co-written by romantic thriller writer (and long-time LARPer) Cindy Dees with the creator of that game, Bill Flippin. The story is epic fantasy plot #5: the evil invaders came some time back, putting humans and elves and all of the usual other races under their jackbooted heel, but there's a powerful king hidden somewhere, and, if the Good Guys can just wake him, the villains will be kicked out and the reign of goodness and law will begin.